Findings of the inquiry into the demolition of the buildings in Rafah
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
The findings of the inquiry into the demolition of the buildings in Rafah on January 10, 2002 were presented to the Chief of the IDF General Staff. The Chief of the IDF General Staff accepted the findings of the inquiry held in the Southern Command:
The IDF holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the terror attacks and the weapons smuggling in the region. Despite many warnings of the IDF to the Palestinian Authority to stop this activity, both verbally and in writing, the Palestinian Authority did nothing to stop it. It was stressed to the Palestinians that if the terrorist attacks continued it would leave the IDF no choice but to conduct operations to clear the area.
The territory in question, it must be emphasized, is along the international border established by the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and has no connection to the conflict with the Palestinians.
The operation took place under heavy fire from the Palestinians that included small arms fire and the throwing of grenades. The buildings demolished were all in the area defined under complete Israeli jurisdiction and responsibility.
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